Night two of Kansas City Fashion Week brought all the emotions, from blissfully swooning to the eccentric and dreamy designs, to absorbing an unexpected and profound visual message about smoking. And, I took a spin in the photographer's pit to shake my view up, which gave me all the front and center takes on each and every creation!
Introducing the night was Shelby Harvey, a 2019 Missouri State University Fashion Design graduate who slayed with her models' jewel lips and ultimate feminine empowerment collection. Each piece from her 10-piece compilation blended one part-bold and one-part elegant to compose what honored the power of female. With an eye-capturing cage skirt paired with an off the shoulder puff sleeve top at the top of my “want” list, @shelbyharveydesigns mixed and matched soft whites, peaches, and creams, with pops of jade, both on the apparel, as well as in her gorgeously designed faces her talented makeup squad brought about.
MAANG By Yasil Fayal celebrated September’s timely International Day of Peace with her 'World Peace' collection. “Inspired by clothes of several nations to show a feeling of solidarity,” @maangstudios incorporated a unique aspect into several of her pieces; custom paintings turned into digital print then placed onto fabric, of which we saw on both male and female productions. Even in turbulent global times, fashion designers like Fayal can bring messages of hope, simplicity, beauty, and coming together in the form of everyday street style to spread amongst humanity.
Anna Leigh Designs brought the most unexpected fashion innovation to the runway with her evolution of one's vibrant, virgin lungs transforming to a black and harrowing end. A pink chiffon mini elevated the audience’s excitement as the first @anna_leigh_designs pristine piece breathed life down the runway, and then quickly tapped into our physical senses as each piece gradually told the deteriorating message of 'smoking kills,' even going so far as to integrate hospital tube and gown components. The seemingly innocent 'got a light?' by the 'cool girl' turns dark and ghastly as the show concluded with a charcoal gray and black aesthetic, yet compelling design end.
LV Apparel by Lauren Hulen epitomized body positivity with her bold and confidence-inducing swim silhouettes. One-piece, two-piece, cut out styles and more walked the runway with colorful wigs and footwear to boot. There’s no better time than the present to accept and loudly applaud the many gorgeous body types that are all beautiful and admired, and @lv_swim nailed this notion with the brightest vulnerability of the night on stage for everyone to idolize.
Liverpool Los Angeles is coming to Oak Park Mall with a Nov 8 pop up, and Kansas City got a glimpse into the all American, casual and relatable look that they do so well. With classic styles that will never expire, @liverpooljeans is introducing Kansas Citians to a new option for comfortable and relaxed wardrobe additions suitable for everyday wear.
Lenexa-based Belle Vogue Bridal showed their wide array of wedding gowns that meet every style preference. Praised for their experiential salon and affordable styles, @bellevoguekc brought their local presence from showroom to runway with a varying array of gleaming gowns to swoon over, with an underlying vow of their commitment to being one of KC’s best bridal boutiques to enhance your wedding day experience.
Kyndra Jade surprised and delighted the audience with her grandiose blush and green wings and most adorable littles walking the catwalk in her first runway debut. Fifteen looks floated whimsically through Union Station, ranging from young to grown females, as @myblondeambitions’ celestial and Midsummer Night’s Dream-esque collection garnered oohs and aahs from every corner of the Grand Plaza. Stunning corset-styled and velvet body suits provided a platform for the majesty of Jade’s artistic creations that are sure to be complementing photography studios abound.
This Isn't My First Rodeo
Nokita.Style played into one of my favorite quips: This Isn't My First Rodeo, and clearly not hers either. With equestrian and bohemian vibes, visionary Tonya Pesch used her admiration for the “free spirited gypsy soul” to materialize her KCFW S/S ’20 collection that encompassed leather and fringe and a neutral, desert-like palatte. For the boho-minded, follow @nokota.style’s journey to western serenity.
Concluding the night’s fashion assemblage was Madame L, who showed us a dozen+ ways to appreciate the beauty of the rose. The matron of making a statement gave us a dynamic glimpse into her flourishing craft of custom designs, and @madamelstyle’s ‘Les Roses’ compilation represented the layers of beauty and thorns we carry as humans, much like the intricate flower itself. With bold hues of red, purple, yellow and black, Les Roses stunned as the grand finale of the evening!
With another sold out night on the books, night two of Kansas City Fashion Week wrapped with glamorous and storytelling collections, many of which can be found on the respective designer’s websites to revisit and invest for your own personal style story!
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